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2019 Balloon Fiesta Re-Cap

The transition from summer to fall in New Mexico is heralded by many things - the smell of chiles roasting, the turning of the cottonwoods and aspens, and of course the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

During the first full week of October, the Balloon Fiesta draws in over 860,000 visitors to watch as over 500 balloons from 43 different nations take off in the spectacle of the Mass Ascension. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it - that many hot air balloons rising into the misty morning air is always magical.

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White Rock Canyon

As you paddle down past mile 8, you enter Bandelier National Monument this is a side of the monument that many of the daily visitors will never get to witness. Here the river begins to slow down and the sounds scape takes hold, Redwing Black birds and Warblers sang the song of their people and it was easy to get lost in the peacefulness of paddle cadence

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Gila River Expedition

Most folks opt to run the Gila Wilderness in 4 or 5 days. It’s 40 miles, Class II to III- whitewater and incredibly beautiful. The river itself snakes through its canyon in tight turns creating blind corners and perfect opportunities for wood, trees, and other items washed down by floods to get stuck and create potentially deadly hazards. By taking your time on this river, packing food and supplies for most of a week in either small rafts or inflatable kayaks, you can paddle slow, pick great campsites, enjoy breathtaking views, soak in hot springs and go on some amazing side hikes… We did it in 2 days.

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